Importer of Cannabis lager in 'dirty tricks' claim

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Controversial strong lager Cannabis is still on sale in Scotland, despite press reports that the German bottled beer had been withdrawn north of the...

Controversial strong lager Cannabis is still on sale in Scotland, despite press reports that the German bottled beer had been withdrawn north of the border.

Cannabis importer NCE is claiming to have been the victim of a dirty tricks campaign after an anonymous telephone tip to Scottish Customs & Excise officials. Stocks of the eight per cent ABV lager in a cash & carry were impounded until NCE could prove they had been legally imported.

NCE business development director Mike Sowten said: "Apparently, the anonymous caller suggested that we hadn't paid import duty on the beer. Once we'd faxed the paperwork over to Customs & Excise there was no problem. There is no question of the beer not being available to any Scots outlet, on or off trade, that wants to stock it."

The lager, made by Düsseldorf brewer Heaven-Bräu, features a picture of a cannabis leaf on the label.

NCE recently agreed a distribution deal with the brewer and expects it to be available across the UK in the next few weeks.

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